The 2021 Disabled Hockey Festival will be held virtually, April 12-17, in place of the in-person event that was scheduled to take place April 8-11, 2021, and April 15-18, 2021, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
BINGO CARD CHALLENGE
A Virtual Disabled Hockey Festival Bingo Card will be sent out Friday April 9th by email. Complete the challenges throughout the week and submit your answers or challenges as you complete them via social media (tag USA Hockey) or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each bingo gets you an entry to win a Team USA jersey. Make sure you email your final bingo card to email@example.com by 6PM ET Saturday, April 17th.
MONDAY, APRIL 12th:
BLIND HOCKEY - Tune into social media for information and features on Blind Hockey.
STICK TRICK SECRETS: Colorado Avalanche Alumni John-Michael Liles & US Blind Team Captain Tim Kane
Tune into the U.S. Blind Team Facebook page.
DISABLED HOCKEY COACHING CLINIC - day 1
All participants will be entered to win the Team USA jersey.
To register contact Chuck Gridley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY, APRIL 13th:
DEAF/HARD OF HEARING HOCKEY - Tune into social media for information and features on Deaf/Hard of Hearing Hockey.
DISABLED HOCKEY COACHING CLINIC - day 2
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14th:
SLED HOCKEY - Tune into social media for information and features on Sled Hockey.
THURSDAY, APRIL 15th:
SPECIAL HOCKEY - Tune into social media for information and features on Special Hockey.
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: USA Hockey and the Greater Paralympic Movement
7PM ET - Tune into USA Hockey's YouTube Channel
Hosted by NHL Networks, EJ Hradek. Hear from representatives from USA Hockey, Move United and Toyota as we discuss the adaptive sports movement: where it’s been, where it’s going and how you can be involved.
Friday, April 16th:
STANDING AMPUTEE HOCKEY - Tune into social media for information and features on Standing Amputee Hockey.
SATURDAY, APRIL 17th:
WARRIOR HOCKEY - Tune into social media for information and features on Warrior Hockey.
JERSEY WINNER ANNOUNCED
USA Hockey intends to stage the 2022 Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival April 7-10 and April 21-24 in Pittsburgh, while the 2023 event will be hosted in St. Louis, Missouri. More information, including a full schedule of events, will be available in the months ahead.
The largest disabled event of its kind and one of USA Hockey's most significant events each season, the USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival provides a fun and exciting experience spanning over two weekends, while also promoting and growing Disabled Hockey throughout the country.
The event, which takes place in a different part of the country each year, brings together all six Disabled Hockey disciplines, which includes Blind Hockey, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Hockey, Sled Hockey, Special Hockey, Standing/Amputee Hockey and Warrior Hockey.
For all rules, policies and game formats for each discipline, please view the Guidebook below.
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Last year, the 2018 Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival was spread across two weekends for the first time to accommodate a record 128 teams and nearly 1,700 players. Streamed live on HockeyTV, the first weekend of the Festival ran April 5-8 and featured four of USA Hockey's disabled hockey disciplines, including blind, deaf/hard of hearing, special and Warrior. The Festival concluded the following weekend (April 12-15) with sled hockey, including the USA Hockey Sled Hockey National Championship.
In total, the historic 14th edition of the event saw 1,657 players and 124 teams take part in 230 games. Additionally, 28 states and a total of three countries were represented in the event.
The USA Hockey Disabled Festival has grown over the years into a huge success. Because of that success, the USA Hockey Disabled Section has approved a bid process for the selection of future festivals. The process is as follows: